Shillong, May 12: The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Tuesday demanded that the State government should immediately revoke the Ordince approved by the Meghalaya Cabinet to officially recognise the functioning of traditiol headmen and empower them.
The UDP has accused the government of encroaching into the jurisdiction of the district council by bringing an Ordince. “We cannot accept this Ordince and demand that the State government should immediately revoke it,” UDP working president Bindo M Lanong said.
Lanong also questioned the government under which provision of the law, it was trying to introduce the Ordince to empower the headmen.
The UDP working president cited para 3, 1 (g) of the Sixth Schedule which provides the district council to appoint chiefs and headmen in the traditiol institutions followed by paragraph 3 (2) which states that all laws made under the above provisions should be sent to the Governor for his assent.
The UDP, instead, wants the government to approve the Village Administration Bill, 2014 passed by the KHADC.
Lanong said that the situation arising out of the High Court ruling which derecognised the powers of headmen in the State can be resolve only if the state government approves the Village Administration Bill passed by the KHADC. “The situation will be resolved, if the government study, approve and forward the Bill to the Governor for his assent,” Lanong told reporters.
It may be noted that the ordince titled as ‘Meghalaya Local Administration (Empowerment of Traditiol Institutions, Traditiol Bodies, Headmen in Governce Delivery System) Ordince, 2015’ was approved by the Cabinet on Monday. According to the cabinet, the Ordince will give legal empowerment to headmen in their day to day function and public delivery system. The UDP working president has accused the government of politicising the matter by approving the Ordince.